Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Clearwater Aquarium accepts donation for after-school STEM program: Clearwater Marine Aquarium accepted a $25,000 donation from AT&T last month to support an after-school STEM program for students in Pinellas County. The program allows students ages 11 to 14 to gain hands-on experiences and inspire a greater interest in math and science programs. The aquarium's after-school program supports Title I schools by providing immersive STEM curriculum for the "middle school juncture," where children are likely to lose interest in STEM subjects. The check presentation included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay with a net pulling in a big check from AT&T.

Safety Harbor Kiwanis name new Sea Hawk Award winners: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored students at the second Sea Hawk Awards ceremony this year. Three students selected received recognition from the Kiwanis with trophies and a monetary award. Seventh-grade student Lauren Maki was chosen by teacher Scott Johnson for helping others before herself. Paula Sanchez and Emelio Kandy were picked by seventh-grade teacher Candes Clifford for their high standard of character and citizenship. These three and other students were honored with parents, families and teachers at the special awards breakfast.

Largo Medical named top performer by Joint Commission: Largo Medical Center was the only hospital in Pinellas County to receive the Joint Commission's Top Performer award throughout all five years of the program's existence. Largo Medical Center also is one of just 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status for five years. The Joint Commission is the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. This program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence in evidence-based care in core measure performance data.

St. Alfred's Episcopal in Palm Harbor welcomes new priest: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor was accepted as the new priest-in-charge at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor. Walsh-Minor served the Diocese of New Jersey since 2003 as vicar at two churches and interim rector at another. She also was interim director of human resources at Riverside Church in New York City. For the past seven years, she served as rector of Trinity Church in Cranford, N.J. Walsh-Minor received her master's in divinity from General Theological Seminary and also holds a doctorate in organizational development and human resources management and a master's in community counseling.

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Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
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Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
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Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
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Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman ...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wed...
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Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be suspended for up to three games  next season following the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, a Tallahassee radio station reported.Jeff Cameron, a&#...
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Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the eng...
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Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Tesla sued a former employee Wednesday, accusing the man of hacking the automaker’s computer systems and stealing company secrets, shedding light on what chief Elon Musk had suggested was the work of a secretive internal saboteur.But the employee, Ma...
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Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

LARGO — Vanessa Rodriguez thought she found the right house for her three kids, in the right neighborhood, for the right rent. She signed the lease for April 30, sent a $2,300 money order and planned to move in June 1.Then the delays started. She sai...
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Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

CLEARWATER —The city’s proposed $79.7 million overhaul of the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training facilities depends on getting $40 million in bed taxes from Pinellas County.But records show even if county officials wanted to bankroll the Phillies...
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